GOP Convention Day 1 Review
August 29, 2012 6 Comments
Day one of the GOP Convention is in the books. Mitt Romney was nominated for President by the delegates, much to the chagrin of the loud and obnoxious Ron Paul supporters. We saw some terrific speeches, particularly by John Kasich, Ted Cruz and former Democrat Artur Davis. We saw some not so great speeches, such as those from Virginia Governor McDonnell and the legion of small businessmen who came to declare they built their business. The point is well taken but these people are so nervous and so unpolished that their point gets lost in their wide eyes and broken sentences.
Perhaps the best part is the media’s plans to show a split screen between the GOP Convention and Hurricane Issac hitting New Orleans failed. The media desperately wanted the GOP to cancel last night’s program, if not the entire Convention. When MSNBC wasn’t playing “negro spotting” with other Democrats on Twitter (yes, they’ve stooped that low on the left) they were demanding the cancellation of the Convention. NBC and CNN joined in the chorus. Thankfully Issac wasn’t nearly as strong as it could have been and it appears that the storm caused no more damage than one would expect for such a storm.
The two big speeches last night came from Ann Romney and Chris Christie. Mrs. Romney seems like a lovely lady. She was able to present her husband in a way that no one else can. She was clearly nervous last night and on occasion channeled her inner Oprah shouting at various delegates. But her point was never lost in her nervousness, if anything the nerves were endearing. Perhaps the best part of the speech is when she discussed their first apartment, a basement flat with no real table. Romney didn’t just wake up one morning a millionaire, he had to work for it. His first four years of marriage were spent in business and law school without much money. He then went on to build Bain from scratch. Mrs. Romney made all of this human after months of attacks on all of it from Obama.
Chris Christie brought all of the bombast you would expect him to bring. His speech was very good, culminating with a demand for a second American century. This is the sort of positive outlook for the country that Romney needs to channel Thursday night and throughout the rest of the election. This election is about choices, Obama doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism and he disregards the 20th century as being an American century. Romney obviously doesn’t but he needs to make the distinction loud and clear. Chris Christie was definitely loud and in this case he was quite clear. Over all a very good speech.
In terms of what helps Mitt Romney get re-elected, Chris Christie’s speech didn’t do that. Let’s face it, the Christie speech was red meat for Republicans. We all loved the speech but it didn’t win Romney any votes. Christie is over the top, his discussion of telling people the truth was borderline insulting (at least in delivery) and while people will like the 2nd American century line, this just isn’t the sort of character who will win Romney votes and an election. We all knew that going in though didn’t we? The party has to have some rah rah guys who excite the base, the party still has to get us out to the polls.
Mrs. Romney on the other hand was a star, she won votes for her husband last night. There are going to be women voters out there who absolutely love her telling of the first few years of her marriage. Ann Romney personalized her husband, something he desperately needed. She did for Mitt what Laura Bush did for George W in 2000 and it may very well propel Mitt to the White House. Despite the Democrats best war on women efforts, the women voter gap is shrinking and it will shrink further after last night. Over all a very good night for Romney and the Republicans.
UPDATE: MSNBC apparently was playing “negro spotting” with Democrats on Twitter. Every time a minority spoke, MSNBC cut away. This sort of political racism is disgusting.